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Hillsborough board will name principals, vote to fund a high school introduction pilot



The Hillsborough County School Board is not on vacation, and they have a full agenda for Tuesday's 3 p.m. meeting.

Expect principal appointments at these elementary schools: West Tampa, Lowry, Clark, Bing, Pinecrest and Valrico; and at Newsome High School.

The long agenda also includes approval of a $35,000 experiment to help incoming 9th graders at Middleton and Spoto high schools.

Using Title 1 funds to cover all but $10,000 (the rest will come from donations and fundraising), a contractor called Principal's Special Forces Team will spend six weeks this summer with 30 "unlikely leaders," focusing on academic and behavioral expectations, peer pressure issues and time management skills. Under the direction of a University of South Florida researcher, they will follow the students' progress through their freshman year to see if they made a difference.

It's not the first such effort for Jeannette Bradley, president of Principal's Special Forces Team Inc. Coming from a career in corporate human resources, Bradley has led similar efforts at Blake High School and Middleton. But this is the first time she will target incoming 9th graders.

Using military-sounding catch phrases, her programs seek to train a core group of students with hopes that their influence will spread to the greater student body. "We're going to teach them the things they will have to know to navigate the system." she said Friday, as she dashed from Blake's graduation to Middleton's.

The board meets at school district headquarters, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa.

[Last modified: Friday, June 10, 2011 5:42pm]


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